A Feast of Baroque Music

April 2, 2011

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
1501 Washington Ave (at the corner of Curtis)

Our concert will feature Baroque Workshop faculty members from our own area. New the workshop this year are Kati Kyme, violin, Rita Lilly, voice, and Bill Skeen, baroque cello. Christine Brandes, who has led our vocal program for the past two years, will join us as a guest performer for this concert, as will former director, harpsichordist Phebe Craig. Current directors Kathleen Kraft, baroque flute, and Frances Blaker, recorder, round out our ensemble.

Thus this special performance represents a golden thread that links Baroque Workshop’s past to our bright future. Many of you may remember the early days at Cazedero – hot days under the cool redwoods, inspiring performances in the wooden dining hall. And more of you will look back on our many years at Domincan College/University – evenings on the porch of Meadowlands, more inspiring performances, this time in Meadowlands hall with its stained glass windows. And now, at Sonoma State, where we hope soon to be able to perform in the incredible new Green Music Center.

Our performance this weekend will include two of Handel’s German Arias, one sung by Rita and the other by Chris; and then a duet for two sopranos by Chiara Margarita Cozzolani – one of the very few renowned female composers of the 17th century. Chamber works by Vivaldi, Purcell and Bach show off our instrumental combinations.

Audience members may join in for our Grand Finale, Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

After the performance, join us for refreshments and chat with the performers.

We look forward to seeing many old friends as well as new this Saturday afternoon.